Friday, July 22, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Friday 7/22/11

Thursday's Starter's Stats - Javier Vazquez - 4.1 Innings Pitched - 6 Strikeouts - Loss - 10.39 ERA - 2.54 WHIP
"Week 15" Starters' Stats - 27 Innings Pitched - 22 Strikeouts - 7.33 K/9 - 3 Wins in 4 Starts - 2.67 ERA - 0.93 WHIP
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 609.2 Innings Pitched - 435 Strikeouts - 6.42 K/9 - 40 Wins in 98 Starts - 3.37 ERA - 1.18 WHIP
Cumulative Starter Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here

All good things must come to an end... and this isn't the first good thing to end because of Javy Vazquez.  It was a weak day, and I got sucked in.  I don't have any real excuses here.  Luckily there was such a string of good starts leading up to him that it didn't destroy my ERA and WHIP too badly.  

Also I'd like to note here that Cory Luebke is still my favorite available play, but he is just slightly above the 50% owned line that I use for this column, so I won't be selecting him as my play today.  If he's available in your league though, I'm rolling him out there.

Hopefully, if you just joined me yesterday,  I can make up for it for you with Friday's starter...

Friday's Recommended Starter - Phil Hughes - New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics - 7:05 PM ET - 40.6% Owned in ESPN Leagues
It's a Friday with a deep roll of pitchers, but none that are all that good.  Most have ERAs above 4.00.  Of course Hughes' ERA is 8.44, but that includes his awful starts at the beginning of the year.  He has looked much better since coming back from the DL with his velocity back.  He held the strong Jays offense to just two runs over six, and gets a better matchup here with the 28th ranked offense from out in Oakland.  He can strike guys out and pitch a solid game, and has the Yankee offense to back him up.  Trot him out here, and consider it a speculative pickup, as if he gets a little better than this, he'll be owned in every league again in no time.

Not offering up an official alternate today because Luebke is so close to the line.  If you can't get Hughes or Luebke don't worry. We'll be back here tomorrow with a pair of starter recommnedations as we close out the week.

-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin

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